To support the recent launch of the Better Lives Charity, our Champions Show the Way service, is hosting a virtual steps challenge from Monday 8 June – Monday 6 July 2020.

The challenge follows the charity’s vision to create better lives by improving the physical and mental wellbeing of its patients, service users, carers and staff.  It is open to all members of the public who use the Trust’s services, along with friends and family.

Steps can be completed by running, walking, individually or as a virtual team. The Trust asks that any groups taking part in the challenge ensure they follow government guidelines surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19) social distancing and exercise.

There are 10 virtual challenges to choose from, with options for all abilities, ranging from running the length of Blackpool beach – to walking the three peaks without having to travel to these sites (please see all 10 challenges below).

The challenge is free to enter, and individual challenges can be completed as many times as people would like, but we encourage you to ask friends, family, and colleagues to sponsor your chosen step challenge per mile, or by donating to the Better Lives Charity directly.

To register to take part in this challenge, as an individual or team, please contact stepupchallenge@bdct.nhs.uk. A team leader will be asked to submit the distance towards their chosen challenge on a weekly basis, and at the end of the completed challenge all participants will receive a medal to celebrate their achievement. The last date to be able to register interest for the Step Up! For Better Lives challenge is Monday 8 June.

We encourage you to share your progress on social media, using the hashtag #StepUpForBetterLives and tagging the charity @BDCFT_BLCharity.

The Yorkshire Three Peaks Walk

24 miles – 48,000 steps. One of the best known and most iconic walks in the UK. This challenge can be undertaken with the confidence that the gradients of the three magnificent peaks will pose less of a ‘virtual’ strain!

Lynfield Mount Hospital to Cow and Calf Rocks

11 miles – 22,000 steps. BDCFT’s hospital to this well-known beauty spot above Ilkley.  

New Mill to Malham Cove

27 miles – 54,000 steps. The Trust’s Headquarters to spectacular Malham Cove. In prehistoric times said to have been a waterfall to rival Niagara Falls.

Bradford City Park to Bolton Abbey

20 miles – 40,000 steps. The centre of Bradford to beautiful Bolton Abbey.

Lister Park, Bradford to Roberts Park, Saltaire

3 miles, 6,000 steps. A shorter route for a small team, between two of the areas attractive  parks.             

Cragg Vale Hebden Bridge

2 miles – 4000 steps. Steeped in history; this walk explores the bandit country of Cragg Vale. A relatively short walk, but is strenuous with two ‘virtual’ long, steep climbs and descents.

Blackpool beach

7 miles – 1400 steps. Blackpool has a very long seafront and it stretches from the South and its boundary with St Annes all the way to Anchorsholme in the north. Enjoy an ice cream whilst ‘virtually’ treading the sand and listening to the waves

Derwent water walk Keswick

10 miles – 20,000 steps. Enjoy a scenic walk around Derwent water, Queen of the Lakes. ‘Virtually’ passing through ancient woodlands and along the shores of the lake with stunning scenery.

The White Rose Way

104 miles – 208,000 steps. Starting at the foot of the Black Prince Statue in Leeds City Square with the finish being South Bay, Scarborough. Going via Harewood House, the Wharfe valley and through Wetherby, a great walk for lovers of West Yorkshire.

Coast to Coast path

182 miles – 364,000 steps. For those who want a bit more of a challenge. This walk is unofficially the most un-signposted long- distance footpath in Northern England devised by Alfred Wainwright. It passes through three contrasting national parks- Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire Moors. Suggested time to complete is 30 days at 13,000 steps per day, but ideal for a larger team to break down the steps further and the time taken to finish this magnificent challenge.